One of the several goals of the CNND is the training and education of basic science researchers and clinicians about infectious and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system.  Our principal educational meeting is an annual symposium, held each autumn, focusing on a specific theme. A poster session is held in the afternoon following morning talks, with awards for the top posters.

CNND Fall Symposium

Virtual Event for 2021

Post-infectious Brain Disorders

Wednesday November 3, 2021

Additional information to follow.

2020 CNND Virtual Symposium: CNS Barriers

A huge thank you to our keynote speaker Maiken Nedergaard, MD, PhD, Professor and Co-Director, Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the Univ. of Rochester Medical School and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Univ. of Copenhagen for her talk on “The Glymphatic System.”  at the 8th Annual CNND Symposium on October 28, 2020. Also to our additional speakers Drs. Jonathan Kipnis, Naresha Saligrama, Robyn Klein, and Claudia Cantoni.

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Our theme for 2020 is “CNS barriers.” The symposium will cover the latest research advances in describing fluid and cell movements through the brain’s glial–lymphatic, meningeal lymphatic, and cerebrospinal fluid systems in CNS infections, neuroinflammatory, and neurodegenerative diseases.

We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker, Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, who has pioneered work on the glymphatic system. In addition, four speakers from Washington University School of Medicine performing cutting-edge research in the field of CNS barriers will present their work.

The annual symposium will be held virtually this year and won’t include a poster session as in previous years due to COVID-19.

Schedule – October 28, 2020

9:00 – 9:15am
Welcome, Opening Remarks and Introduction – Anne Cross, MD, Professor of Neurology and Section Head of Neuroimmunology, Manny and Rosalyn Rosenthal and Dr. John L. Trotter MS Center Chair in Neuroimmunology, Co-Director of CNND, Washington University School of Medicine

9:15 – 10:00am: Keynote Speaker: ‘The Glymphatic System’
Maiken Nedergaard, MD, PhD, Professor, Co-Director, Center for Translational Neuromedicine, University of Rochester Medical School and Faculty of Health and Medical Services, University of Copenhagen

10:00 – 10:30am: ‘Meningeal Lymphatics as a Promising Therapeutic Target in Alzheimer’s Disease’
Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, BJC Investigator, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine

10:30 – 10:50am: ‘Diversity and Specificity of T Cell Responses in Neurological Disorders’
Naresha Saligrama, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Bursky Scholar, Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology & Immunotherapy Programs, Washington University School of Medicine

10:50 – 11:00am: Q&A
Laura Piccio, MD, PhD Moderator – Associate Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine and Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

11:00 – 11:30am: ‘CNS Barriers in Viral Infections’
Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, and Neurosciences, Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Professor of Medical Sciences, Professor of Medicine & Immunology, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Director of Center for Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine

11:30 – 11:50am: ‘Single-cell RNA-seq Analysis of Human CSF Microglia and Myeloid Cells in Neuroinflammation’
Claudia Cantoni, PHD, Research Instructor – Dept. of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine

11:50 – 12:00pm: Q&A
Gregory F. Wu, MD, PhD Moderator – Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology & Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine

12:00 – 12:15pm: Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, and Neurosciences, Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Professor of Medical Sciences, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Director of Center for Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine

About the speakers

2020 symposium speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Maiken Nedergaard, MD, PhD, Professor, Co-Director, Center for Translational Neuromedicine, University of Rochester Medical School and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, BJC Investigator, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Naresha Saligrama, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Bursky Scholar, Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology & Immunotherapy Programs, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Immunology, and Neurosciences, Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Professor of Medical Sciences,  Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Director of Center for Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Claudia Cantoni, PhD, Research Instructor – Dept. of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine